Reporting jointly to the Vice-President & Provost, and the Vice-President, HR & Equity, the Director of Indigenous Initiatives works in partnership with members of the University’s senior leadership team to effectively engage academic and shared service divisions, as well as faculty, staff, and students in supporting the University’s strategic vision coming out of the Truth and Reconciliation Committee report, and oversees successful implementation of the recommendations. The Director, Indigenous Initiatives will work with existing portfolios to review related structures and initiatives, and will make recommendations regarding changes to, and the creation of, new structures and processes to implement Indigenous initiatives in order to work towards reconciliation with Indigenous people and communities.
The Director, Indigenous Initiatives manages the operations of the Office of Indigenous Initiatives, providing daily supervision of the staff as well as long-term operational resource planning for the unit. The Director, Indigenous Initiatives will also work closely with Indigenous faculty members who may be appointed as academic advisors in areas such as: mentorship of Indigenous faculty members; curriculum development related to Indigenous knowledge; and protocols for community-based research involving Indigenous peoples.
The Director, Indigenous Initiatives engages Indigenous people in and outside of the University in the mission of the University, broadly intersecting with such areas as teaching and learning, student experience, faculty and staff recruitment and engagement, and community-based research. In addition, the Director, Indigenous Initiatives will Co-Chair the Council of Aboriginal Initiatives and other related advisory bodies and committees.
Graduate degree in a relevant field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Minimum 10 years’ experience working with complex issues related to Indigenous issues as well as equity and diversity as they relate to faculty issues, human resources, the student experience and the workplace. Demonstrated experience leading and implementing complex projects. Experience designing and delivering educational programs is required. Experience working with students, faculty, and staff, and an appreciation for the diverse backgrounds and experiences of the University’s community. Thorough understanding of the Ontario Human Rights Code and relevant legislation/case law. Experience working within a post-secondary context is strongly preferred. Demonstrated experience in creating and maintaining strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders and experience acting at the senior level as an ambassador for the needs of Indigenous communities.
Computer experience required, including use of Microsoft Word and Excel.
Highly developed oral and written communication, analytical, relationship management and organizational skills. Demonstrated collaborative approach to problem solving. Ability to make sound decisions quickly based on available and sometimes limited information, and to take prompt, decisive action. Demonstrated ability to interact and collaborate with individuals at all levels within the University as well as externally, including students, staff, faculty and community partners. Demonstrated experience developing and leading staff. Ability to deal with senior University Officers in a manner which facilitates cooperation. High degree of political acuity and judgment. Flexible listener. Ability to work independently and as part of a multi-disciplinary team. Must embrace diversity and inclusion as an integral component of a quality university experience. Ability to produce detailed and comprehensive reports from a large volume of complex information. Ability to plan strategically, initiate action and achieve desired outcomes for multiple complex and multi-faceted institutional projects and initiatives in both political as well as culturally sensitive environments. Comprehensive knowledge of Indigenous culture, with an ability to leverage or develop a strong network of contacts within Indigenous communities.